Post driver attachments, post pounder equipment, and other post-related heavy machinery can help you finish fences and other post-related projects in a flash. If you’ve never used this type of complex equipment, however, the process can quickly become overwhelming. With the right knowledge, however, you’ll handle the job in a safe, efficient manner. To assist you, here are eight important tips for using post-driver attachments and equipment:
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1. Secure Your Pounder
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Before any other step during the post-setting process, you need to triple-check that your pounder equipment, and your post, are properly secured. Failure to follow this step can lead to expensive damages, and painful accidents. Do your part to keep your valuable project on-task, and your health intact, by always securing your pounder every single time that you use it. When using heavy machinery, like post pounders for skid steers, following this tip becomes even more important.
2. Follow to “Foot” Rule in the Air
For most post-driver and post pounder attachments, you’ll need to keep the driver raised around a foot into the air above the post before each pound. Doing so will not only ensure a cleaner post installation, but it will give your equipment the space it needs to function safely as well. By combining this critical step with the first that we’ve covered, you can keep your project site as safe as humanly possible.
3. Use the Power of Your Skid Steer to Your Advantage
The sheer power that your post driver attachment holds is difficult to overstate. Always be respectful and aware of this power, but never hesitate to use this awesome power to your advantage. For especially difficult posts (or ones that are being inserted into difficult terrain), using a higher-powered post pounder attachment or tool is recommended. Doing so can keep the project going smoothly and efficiently, after all.
4. Take a Break After Every Third Hit
It’s a general rule of thumb to take a short “break” after every third pound you make. In doing so, you ensure you do not overburden your pounding attachments. Additionally, this practice can help you stay precise in your measurements, actions, and other post-related tasks. If you run your pounder equipment for too long, or at too intense a rate, you can quickly damage your expensive setup. This break time will allow you to assess how your landscaping projects are coming along as well!
5. Check Your Post Height Post-Pounding
After you’ve finished pounding a post into the ground, you need to check its current height. If you skip this step, and just eye every post, you’re almost certainly setting yourself up for disaster. You will not want to realign your pounder attachment post-installation, after all. The more vigilant you remain during this critical step, the more uniform and beautiful your post projects will end up being.
6. Watch Out for Underground Obstacles
Even if you feel certain that there are no underground obstacles in the area where you’re installing posts, mistakes will happen. Be prepared for instances where underground and other unforeseen obstacles cause your pounder equipment to malfunction or hiccup. Never try to force your post through an obstacle through sheer will (and horse) power. If you do so, you can easily damage your equipment or the foundation of the terrain that you’re building on.
7. Don’t Overdo It
When you get frustrated with obstacles or other issues, it’s easy to stress your equipment to get the job done faster. However, if you overdo it while using your pounder equipment, you will eventually damage it. If you believe that time is money, you need to take the time to save on expensive repairs and maintenance jobs that can be completely avoided (with the right mindset, that is).
8. Never Overestimate Your Abilities or Knowledge
Even if you’ve done similar post jobs before, you must never overestimate your abilities or knowledge when using post pounder attachments for your skid steer equipment. The moment you do, you’ll be faced with some type of nasty repercussions. When in doubt, be sure to seek professional help to get the next step of your fencing project done successfully and safely.
Time to Get the Job Done!
By following every tip on this list, you’ll handle your fencing and other post-related projects with a steady, effective hand. Trying to rush any step of these projects, especially when you’re using any type of heavy machinery, is never worth it. While we all want to get major projects done at a rapid pace, we also must know how to recognize when we’re going too fast. By prioritizing safety over speed, you’ll ensure that your dream fence project will be done in no time (and hopefully under budget)!